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Mid-August Digest

Dear Lucy,

I am hoping to finish my thesis research this Fall and I am trying to organize my timeline so I can meet ideal deadlines and effectively communicate to my committee. Can you provide me with the forms and dates needed for a Fall 2021 completion timeline?

Thesising Theo

Dear Thesising Theo,

So great to hear you are planning to complete your research and defend your thesis this Fall semester! The ideal deadlines for completing your thesis in the fall are outlined below along with the required forms to turn in to the EVSS office:

Fall 2021 Graduation Timeline:

October 11th: Last day to submit your written draft to your advisor for edits

October 25th: Last day to provide your committee with a written draft of your manuscript that has been approved by your primary advisor

November 8th: Last day to turn in your 
notification of defense form to the EVSS office. This form should be turned in two weeks prior to your defense.

November 22nd: Final day to defend research

December 6th: Last day to turn in your 
thesis release formsuccessful defense form, signed title page and submit your thesis to ProQuest

It's a great idea to talk to your advisor at the beginning of the semester and set deadline goals together. Please reach out to the office with any questions!

Lucy Davis
EVSS Program Coordinator 

Virtual Office Hours: Lucy Davis
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 343 074 906
    Password: 645756
  • Ask questions about your graduation timeline, classes, navigating online teaching/learning, research challenges, etc.
Students are welcome to contact office GA Amanda Namsinh ( with questions as well.

EVSS New Student Orientation:
  • Monday, August 23rd
  • 8:30 AM - 3 PM 
  • Location: Stono Preserve 

Google Calendars
CofC College Reads Book: The Story of More

The College Reads! book selection for 2021 is The Story of More, by Hope Jahren (2020). The Story of More grew out of a class Dr. Jahren was teaching on climate change, and a desire to translate data about the consequences of our population growth on the planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind key inventions from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. She explains the consequences of global warming from superstorms to rising sea levels and the actions that we all can take to fight back. The Story of More is an essential primer on climate change and the mechanisms that drive it.

The author, Dr. Hope Jahren, is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Dr. Jahren will participate in a virtual visit to campus will on Oct. 25-26, 2021. A public talk will be livestreamed into the Sottile Theater on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A. Dr. Jahren will virtually visit classes on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.


The Career Center: Financial Wellness Graduate Assistant REACH Program Graduate Assistant Health Education: Wellness Graduate Assistant
  • Develop and implement health and mental health initiatives for the CofC community
  • Contact: Rachael McNamara
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Climate Adaptation and Assessment Fellow - Aspen Global Change Institute 
  • Lead a systematic assessment involving literature review and efficacy research for green infrastructure to support coastal adaptation to climate change. 
  • Coordinate project team meetings, meetings, communications, and engagements related to coastal and national assessment activities
  • Collaborate on other Climate services and programming at AGCI
  • Requirements:
    • Graduate degree in environmental science or related field
    • Experience with climate change impacts and response
    • Scientific and public communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Pay: $60,000 - $70,000
  • Click here for more details and for information on how to apply

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship – Clemson University
  • Dr. Amy Scaroni (Forestry and Environmental Conservation) and Dr. Sarah White (Plant andEnvironmental Sciences) are recruiting a PhD student in applied ecology and remediation science to start either in August 2021 (preferred) or January 2022
  • Advance the science and practice of floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) in brackish systems, with a goal of providing a preliminary understanding of how nutrient dynamics within brackish waters influence FTW plant productivity and contaminant mitigation potential
  • Investigate various aspects of FTWs, including habitat value, microbial community composition, and plant suitability across nutrient and salinity gradients.
  • View the full PhD description 
Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowships for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Nutrition Educator - Beaufort Clemson Extension Office

  • Provides intensive nutrition education (one-on-one and to groups) to limited resource audience
  • Recruits, organizes and trains volunteers
  • Works with State EFNEP Team and other organizations to implement and improve the Program 
  • Mentors junior agents in program delivery and reporting requirements
  • Requirements: experience with public speaking, community engagement, nutrition and must have a drivers license
  • Annual salary: $30,000 - $35,000
  • Application closes 8/24/2021 5:00 PM EST
  • View the full position description

Energy Analyst: Coastal Conservation League

  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Full-time
  • Research and analyze issues that arise in electric utility resource planning, ratemaking, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy equity
  • Identifying regulatory barrier to deploy clean in energy in South Carolina
  • Assessing near and long-term electric sector clean energy potential and strategies in SC
  • Organize and participate in meetings with utilities, regulatory staff and other government staff, business leaders, academic institutions, non-government organizations and media relating to utility policy and regulation
  • Click here to access the job listing and to apply

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Upper School Science Teacher - Part-time with potential to extend to a full-time position.
  • Only will be teaching two biology classes
  • Location: Mount Pleasant at the University School of the Lowcountry 
  • This is an independent school so there is flexibility in terms of curriculum, field trips, and specialty
  • Visit the website to see the full listing and to apply: 
Roving Interpretive Aide: Charleston County Parks
  • Under the direction of the Natural History Interpretation Coordinator, the Interpretive Aide will educate park patrons on a wide variety of issues including shorebird nesting, dune erosion, fishing line recycling, and other environmental issues by engaging patrons in short discussions at a stationary post utilizing skulls, feathers, photos and other objects.
  • Pay $13.50 an hour; 20 hours per week
  • Duration: Seasonal through the end of 2021
  • Find more information about this job posting, click here
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!
Sustainability Workshop by Norman Foster Foundation
  • Work with experts, practitioners and academics to explore sustainable solutions for overarching topics such as climate change, the use of energy and resources, and their local and global implications.
  • The Workshop will take place in Madrid from 18-22 October 2021
  • Ten grants will be awarded to a selection of exceptional students from around the world to attend and work on collaborative projects throughout the week-long program. These grants will cover all visa, transportation and accommodation costs associated with the workshop
  • Open Call for applications which poses the following question: How can the field of design shift its relationship with sustainability from one of scarcity and limitation towards abundance and possibility?
  • The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 July 2021 24:00 CEST (Madrid time). For any additional information, you can refer to the NFF website:

Check out the following organizations for upcoming volunteer events:
Thank you for a great year! Join us this Fall for garden volunteer days. 

Stono Fall 2021 Volunteer Days: 

Sunday, Aug. 29th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept.12th  2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept. 26th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 10th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 24th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 7th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 21st 2 - 4PM 

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and our website below:

Add the MESSA Google Calendar to yours here!
Questions? Email us at 

Welcome back party scheduled for Friday, September 10th!



President: Nicole Killen 
Vice President: Jackson Barratt Heitmann
Secretary: Kristin Horn 
Volunteer Coordinator: Alyssa Lundy 
Treasurer: Kayla Squiggins
Public Liaison: Emmi Palenbaum 
Social Chair: Haley Kenyon 



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